Mercy's Valentino Awarded University of Mount Union's Physician Assistant Program Preceptor of the Year - Mercy Medical Center

Mercy’s Valentino Awarded University of Mount Union’s Physician Assistant Program Preceptor of the Year

Posted on: September 7, 2016

University of Mount Union Physician Assistant Studies Program awards Mercy Medical Center’s Mike Valentino, PA-C, Preceptor of the Year. Valentino was named Mount Union’s Preceptor of the Month last February.

“We were very excited to name Mike Valentino as the first recipient of the University of Mount Union’s Physician Assistant (PA) Program Preceptor of the Year,” says Betsy D. Ekey, MPAS, PA-C, program director of University of Mount Union PA Studies Program. “Mike has been a preceptor for the program since it started in 2009. Our students continuously rank their clinical rotations with Mike as one of the best. He challenges the students to push themselves and provides them with just the right balance of autonomy and assistance,” she says.

Criteria used to select the Preceptor of the Year included length of service, willingness to mentor students, positive evaluations by the students, and positive feedback from the clinical coordinators.

Ekey says, “Valentino’s knowledge, experience, energy and passion make students say, ‘Mike is the PA I wish to be someday.'”

Valentino has been a physician assistant for Mercy Work Health & Safety Services in North Canton since 1999. Prior to that, he was a surgical assistant at Mercy for 15 years.

Valentino says, “I love being a physician assistant and a PA preceptor. My advice to current and future PA students is that it’s not what you do so much as who you do it with. Find a great supervising physician. Dr. Bruce Hensley, medical director of Mercy Work Health & Safety Services, is a good man, my friend, and a great supervising doctor. Also, never be dishonest about what you did or did not do. Know what you know and don’t know. Be confident, yet humble.”

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